Powerful sensor on unmanned helos headed for Afghanistan

The Army is sending a new unmanned helicopter model into the Afghanistan war, each equipped with one of the most powerful sensors the U.S. military has, reports Spencer Ackerman at Wired's Danger Room blog.

By spring, soldiers will remotely pilot Boeing’s A160 Hummingbird helicopter to see across vast portions of Afghanistan through the ultra-powerful Autonomous Real-time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance Imaging System (ARGUS), the article says.

A single blink of ARGUS’ eye covers up to 36 square miles, depending on the quality of the resolution and will give its remote pilots at least 65 independent, scalable video windows in that blink, the story continues.


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